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University of Texas President: “I’ve Never Talked To Nick Saban”

gfx - they said itWith Internet rumors running wild on Thursday that the University of Texas was in hot pursuit of Alabama coach Nick Saban, school president Bill Powers evidently felt the need to clarify the situation and the status of current coach Mack Brown.  Here’s what he said to the Austin American-Statesmen. 

“I’ve never met Nick Saban. I’ve never talked to Nick Saban. We have not hired Nick Saban. Mack’s our coach, and I can say flatly that the rumors we have hired or come to an agreement with Nick Saban or even talked to him are false.”

However, Powers did acknowledge that a current Texas regent and a former Texas regent did reach out to Saban’s agent, Jimmy Sexton, back in January about the possibility of Saban replacing Texas coach Mack Brown.


“There was an outreach to his agent, and I exempt that from this discussion. Whatever happened then happened. We don’t have any plans one way or the other (to replace Brown). And we don’t have an opening.”


A more legitimate rumor this week linked Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to the job opening at Washington with ESPN saying he was scheduled to interview Thursday.  But ESPN”s Joe Schad is reporting this morning that the Huskies will hire Boise State coach Chris Peterson. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel (who quickly shot down the rumors) and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin were also mentioned as potential candidates this week.


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Auburn Fans Still Reveling In Iron Bowl Victory

My goodness, Alabama fans are gonna have a long, hard offseason.  Fans of Auburn — and LSU — are already cashing in on Nick Saban’s last-second defeat in this year’s Iron Bowl with t-shirts, photoshop jokes, and multiple YouTube videos.

Here’s a quick sampling:




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Yep.  A long, hard offseason.




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Auburn’s Malzahn Skirts Texas Talk, But Writer Is Right – He Should Go If Offered

AUFB Louisiana Tech AuburnHow’d ya like to be Mack Brown?  The guy still has a shot to win 10 games this season — if Texas upsets Baylor and wins its bowl — but all anyone wants to talk about is who will replace him.

Brown says he’s going nowhere.  In fact, his people have responded to rumors of boosters trying to push him out by suggesting the coach would sue anyone who tries to undermine him — a novel approach, to say the least.  But AD DeLoss Dodds is walking away.  That’s one less big Brown supporter in the Longhorns’ org chart.  And rumors persist that Brown will either step down or he shoved aside soon.

So yesterday, Pete Thamel of tried to play matchmaker between Texas and Gus Malzahn before the Horns have even divorced themselves from Brown.  His message to Malzahn was simple:


“Get out of Auburn as fast as you can.

There’s an expectation that the Texas job will open in the next few weeks.  According to a source, Malzahn has told friends privately that coaching the Longhorns is his dream job.  If confronted with the choice between Auburn and Austin, it’s a no-brainer move for Malzahn to bolt.  The best job in the Big 12 is a much more stable plan than The Plains, as even a play-caller of Malazahn’s acumen isn’t likely to make adjustments to historical trends.

History tells us that Auburn coaches — no matter how successful — don’t have long and stable professional careers.  Just as Terry Bowden, who started 11-0 in 1993.  Or Tommy Tuberville, who went 13-0 in 2004 after a failed coup to hire Bobby Petrino.  Or Gene Chizik, who got fired two seasons are going 14-0 and winning the national title.”


For his part, Malzahn danced around Thamel’s report when he was asked for a response.

“The response is, I’m tickled to death to be the head coach of the Auburn Tigers,” he said yesterday.  “I’m very blessed to be the head coach of the Auburn Tigers.  I really appreciate the guys that gave me this opportunity and believed in me.  We are playing for the SEC championship, so it’s been a good year.”

Yes, a good year.  But you may have noticed Malzahn did not in any way, shape or form deny Thamel’s suggestion that he would be interested in the Texas job.  Perhaps Malzahn is just trying to live by Chapter One of agent Jimmy Sexton’s playbook — “Milk outside interest and reports of outside interest for better contracts and bigger buyouts.”  Sexton is indeed Malzahn’s agent.

But heading into an SEC title game that could/should open a door to the BCS Championship Game, wouldn’t most coaches want to nix this type of distraction straight away?

Whether Thamel is right about the dream job thing or not, he nails the rest of his argument for splitting from Auburn.  It’s one of the least stable jobs in the SEC as evidenced recently by Chizik’s fast-as-lightning slide from king to fool.  Tiger fans won’t like to read this, but Auburn has been on major NCAA probation more times than any other SEC football program.  And no matter how good the Tigers become, they will always play second-fiddle to Alabama.  That rivalry is too heated for one team to stay on top record-wise for long.  Which means the default position is Alabama — the SEC’s winningest all-time program (with more than a few NCAA tussles of its own) — in the #1 spot.  The state is named Alabama, not Auburn.  So when folks think football in Alabama, “Alabama” will always be top of mind.  No way around that.

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Would Sumlin Leave A&M For USC? National Writer Says The Jobs Aren’t Even Close

Kevin SumlinBetcha Bruce Feldman of is getting some angry emails from the Lone Star State today.  That’s because he gave an opinion Texas A&M fans won’t like when asked to compare the job in College Station to the Southern Cal job that might soon be offered to Aggie coach Kevin Sumlin:


“If you’re Kevin Sumlin, you can dominate the Pac-12 South.  It’s really hard to dominate a division where Nick Saban is there, LSU is always going to get players and Auburn has gotten cranked back up — and that doesn’t even speak to (the rest of) that league.  If you’re USC, you can beat Oregon or Washington or whoever comes in there eight or nine out of 10 times for the best players in Southern California, if you really want them. 

And they have really good facilities and really good history.  To me, it’s not even close.  USC is a huge job there.”


There’s no arguing with a single point Feldman made.  The Trojan job is one of the top five jobs in the land and as a private school it can throw enormous money at any coach Pat Haden desires.

But would another coach from a major SEC program — thinkin’ ’bout you, Lane Kiffin — jump to LA?  It has been rare for big-name schools to swipe coaches from other big-name programs.  The exception to the rule has been Kiffin from Tennessee to Southern Cal and Bret Bielema from Wisconsin to Arkansas.  Aside from Bielema, here’s how the rest of the SEC’s programs hired their current coaches:


Alabama — Nick Saban from the NFL, not directly from LSU

Auburn — Gus Malzahn stepped up from Arkansas State

Florida — Will Muschamp was a defensive coordinator

Georgia — Mark Richt was an offensive coordinator

Kentucky — Mark Stoops was a defensive coordinator

LSU — Les Miles moved from Oklahoma State, so he goes in the Bielema category

MSU — Dan Mullen was an offensive coordinator

Missouri — Gary Pinkel stepped up from Toledo

Ole Miss — Hugh Freeze stepped up from Arkansas State

South Carolina — Steve Spurrier came out of retirement after an NFL stint

Tennessee — Butch Jones stepped up from Cincinnati

Texas A&M — Kevin Sumlin stepped up from Houston

Vanderbilt — James Franklin was an offensive coordinator


And that’s just the SEC, the bestest football league in the country.  So, yes, it’s rare to see someone jump from one major program to another.

As we’ve stated on many occasions, we view the Texas A&M job as a gold mine.  The recruiting base is there.  The money is there.  The facilities are improving/expanding.  There are plenty of reasons to believe Sumlin would stay put even if offered the USC job.


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Nick Saban: “Lot Of Lessons To Be Learned” (Video)

Alabama coach Nick Saban meets the media on Monday to review the Mississippi State game and previews the game against Chattanooga.

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SEC Headlines 10/30/2013

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1. Is South Carolina now the favorite to win the SEC East? Quarterback Connor Shaw listed as questionable again for this weekend’s game against Mississippi State. “He’s had a bug that’s hard to shake.”

2. South Carolina’s victory over SEC East-leading Missouri gives Georgia hope.  Coach Mark Richt: “I think everybody got a good little bit of juice from that.” Bulldogs expect Todd Gurley to play Saturday

3. Florida’s slim chances in the East race rest on the performance of its offensive line. Starting tackle D.J. Humphries has a sprained MCL - out two to four weeks.

4. South Carolina will be rooting for the Gators this weekend against Georgia.

5. Missouri’s deep backfield suddenly looks thin.  Running back Henry Josey is questionable and Russell Hansbrough has a sprained toe.

6. Tigers will face another backup quarterback Saturday.  Tennessee coach Butch Jones confirms Justin Worley is out with a thumb injury and true freshman Josh Dobbs will make his first career start. A running threat: “It helps us out a lot.”

7. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen says the buck stops with him when it comes to calling plays. “A lot of those critical moments, there’s no finger pointing. I call the plays.”

8. No SEC quarterback has thrown more passes this year than Bo Wallace. But the Ole Miss QB has cut down his interceptions drastically.

9. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn responds to the game film controversy: “We’ll always operate with the utmost integrity in everything we do.” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema: ”The issue is being handled by the SEC…” Some background here.

10. If you polled Arkansas fans on what coach they want, ”Bielema might lose to Malzahn at the ballot box worse than he did to Nick Saban on the field.”

11. “There is a chance…that I missed my five-win prediction for Auburn this season.”

12. Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney on the Razorbacks offense: “We have not done our job. We’ve not held up our side of the bargain as far as scoring points.”

13. Reporter Armen Keteyian on his upcoming profile of Nick Saban for “60 Minutes”: “He’s just very interesting to watch…I like his sense of humor.”

14. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit on this year’s Iron Bowl game: “Isn’t that the way Bear would want it — for Alabama to be undefeated and trying to win an SEC championship and Auburn’s in their way?”

15. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger a second or third-round NFL draft pick?

16. Nashville paper wants records related to rape of Vanderbilt student.  ”To date, neither the police, the district attorney or Vanderbilt officials have said whether (Austyn) Carta-Samuels was present.”

Practice/Injury Reports

17. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall listed as day-to-day.  Teammates expect him to play against Arkansas.

18. Battle shaping up at right tackle for Auburn.

19. And at cornerback for Alabama.

20. Ole Miss  linebacker Serderius Bryant suffered a concussion against Texas A&M. Says people have brought up the similarities between his hit and the one that paralyzed Chucky Mullins.

21. Looks like Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons is back at full speed after suffering a foot injury against Vanderbilt. Wide receiver Chris Conley is likely out and safety Tray Matthews starting to get practice reps.

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22. Was Bear Bryant too slow to integrate Alabama football?

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23. Kentucky freshman walk-on E.J. Floreal dunks on Julius Randle in Tuesday night’s Blue-White scrimmage.

24. Randle had 21 points and eight rebounds.  Guard James Young had 25 points.

25. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin on whether this is his best team: “Oh yeah. That’s safe to say.”

26. Five people planning to plead guilty to charges in connection with the kidnapping of a 6-year old girl.  Former Alabama basketball player Devonta Pollard has been charged in the case.  He’s pleaded not guilty and his case will go to trial.


27.  Schools that recruit the best and worst. “The Kentucky results are especially dramatic.”

28. Ohio State may be undefeated and likely to finish without a loss but not likely they have much of a shot at the national championship game.

29. Cover jinx?  Quarterback Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks get some love from Sports Illustrated. (Oregon is off this week – play Stanford on November 7)

30.  Average ticket resale price for tonight’s World Series game in Boston is nearly $2,000.  Two tickets sold Monday for $24,000.

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SEC Conference Call: Nick Saban Talks Tennessee

Alabama coach Nick Saban talks Tennessee – Week 9 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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SEC Headlines 10/21/2013

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1. Alabama and Florida State have the top two spots in the BCS Standings, which were released Sunday night.  Six SEC teams on the initial list.

2. Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn’t like running the score up on opposing teams.

3. Auburn is continuing to work freshman QB Jeremy Johnson into the offense as Nick Marshall continues to start.

4. Arkansas’ offense continues to play very poorly. Coach Bret Bielema: “Obviously, this is getting a little old.”

5. LSU isn’t used to having two losses before November, but that’s where the Tigers sit after Saturday’s loss.

6. The Tigers have had a tough time closing out games. Losses to Georgia and Ole Miss came down to the end.

7. Ole Miss and Mississippi State should both win their games this week against inferior opponents.

8. Hugh Freeze and Bo Wallace have had some nice wins, but beating LSU was a signature victory for the Rebels.

9. Texas A&M’s loss to Auburn was Kevin Sumlin’s fourth home loss with the Aggies.

10. Florida will need to improve its “inept” offense during its off week as the Gators prepare for Georgia.

11. Georgia is two games back but coach Mark Richt is “going to fight until it’s over” in the SEC East race.

12. Kentucky’s offensive line is still looking for the right combination for the rest of the season.

13. Tennessee’s defense has improved as its confidence has grown.

14. Defensive changes made by Vanderbilt helped the Commodores pull off the win against Georgia.

15. ESPN has updated its bowl projections for the SEC. Missouri is projected to play in the Sugar Bowl.

16. There was plenty of shuffling in Athlon’s SEC power rankings after an upset-filled weekend.

17. Missouri is No. 5 nationally in the latest power poll by

Injuries/Practice Reports

18. Auburn safety Josh Holsey is lost for the season with a knee injury he suffered during last week’s practice.

19. Georgia actually received good news regarding injuries from the loss to Vanderbilt.

20. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is “doubtful” to play against Missouri on Saturday.


21. One Florida State player after the Seminoles’ win over Clemson: “We definitely are the best team in the country.”

22. Butch Jones has Tennessee believing it can win again, writes Bruce Feldman in his “Big Picture” story from the weekend.

23. The standings and polls were thrown into disarray following a weekend of the unexpected.

24. Coach Don James has passed away. Gary Pinkel and Nick Saban, who played for James, mourned his passing.

25.  Meet the SEC’s Players of the Week.

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Alabama Bucks Trend, Buries Arkansas 52-0

Alabama 52 – Arkansas 0. Video Highlights

1. Alabama has scored 104 straight points on Arkansas.  ”Boredom set in early.”

2. Sidelined for two games, Alabama defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix gets back in action after Vinnie Sunseri goes down with knee injury.

3. Nick Saban on Sunseri’s injury to his left knee.  ”It could be serious.”

4. “Alabama is even a clearer favorite to win it and play in Pasadena, Calif., for a national title.”

5. Arkansas only SEC underdog to lose on Saturday.  Razorbacks drop their fifth straight game to go to 3-5 on the season. Coach Bret Bielema: “Obviously, this is getting a little old.”

6. In SEC play, Arkansas point production has dropped each week.

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SEC Conference Call: Nick Saban Talks Arkansas

Alabama coach Nick Saban talks Arkansas – Week 8 SEC Coaches Conference Call.

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